Carol Rizzoli is the author of the praised memoir, The House at Royal Oak, and other books. Her reviews, essays and profiles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Phoenix, Cricket, Victoria, the International Herald Tribune, Denver Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Readers Digest and Smithsonian Magazine. For the National Gallery of Art, she created two books, The Artist’s Table and a prize-winning children’s book, The Nine-Ton Cat.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Rizzoli attended Rutgers, American and Cambridge universities. She first worked in publishing as a publicity assistant for Little Golden Books in New York and then at Saturday Review as an editorial assistant.

Rizzoli became managing editor of the Boston Phoenix and taught at Boston University before her appointment as a book editor at the Washington Post. Thereafter she served as managing editor of publications at the National Gallery of Art for 15 years.

Together, she and her husband, Hugo, renovated an old house on the Chesapeake Bay and opened a bed-and-breakfast. Rizzoli’s memoir, The House at Royal Oak, charts that adventure. 

She has just completed a children’s book, illustrated by her artist daughter Lucy, entitled “A Happy and Only Little Bit Sad Tale Told by a Cat.”